Have too many forgotten?
A low turnout and disrespectful drivers have disappointed war veterans and supporters at an Armistice Day ceremony last Thursday.
The Armistice day ceremony which is held annually at the Tokoroa Club, has seen declining numbers over the past decade.
Returned Servicemen Association member Cyril Allan, was philosophical about the low turnout.
‘‘I am disappointed with the turnout. I would like to see more of the community coming down to pay respect for our fallen comrades but I think the low number of veterans and lack of knowledge has seen the decline in numbers.’’
Retired Salvation Army Cap- tain Beryl Billington shared Mr Allan’s sentiments adding, ‘‘all of London is shut down for two minutes to pay respect for those that served during World War One. I think that is a precedent that needs to be set here in New Zealand.’’
Mrs Billington was also disgusted with the ‘‘lack of respect’’ shown by drivers during the ceremony.
‘‘I think these people (soldiers) died for us, and for two minutes each year we ask for silence to remember them and these drivers just hoon around, our soldiers died for us including them.
‘‘Where would our country be if they had not fought for our freedom and all we ask is that people show respect?’’
Mrs Billington has suggested that Chambers Street be closed for five minutes during the ceremony, to discourage ‘‘disrespectful behaviour’’. Armistice Day ( also known as Remembrance Day) commemorates the armistice signed between the allies in World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France in 1918.